If you haven't signed up to help at the Spartan Kickoff Sunday, there are still spots available. You can sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f4eaca62ca7f94-spartan1
FYI - If you are working a time slot at the tournament while your child is wrestling, you do NOT count as that child's designated adult. Another parent or adult may accompany your child.
If you did not sign your child up to wrestle in our tournament and would still like to, please reply to this email by Monday evening and provide your child's name, your name and a contact phone number. Payment will need to be made by Venmo or brought to practice Tuesday. All registrations must be paid no later than Tuesday. We've said this before, but our tournament is an excellent place for a beginning wrestler to get an introduction to matches and gain context for the skills they are learning at practice. All first-year wrestlers will compete against other first-year wrestlers, so everyone will be learning together!
The Spartan Wrestling T-shirts and shorts that were included with the wrestlers' registration will be distributed to the kids at the end of practice Wednesday. They should wear these over their singlets at Sunday's tournament (and any local tournament). If anyone needs to exchange a singlet for another size, please bring it to practice this week.
We have been informed of a wrestler or two who have had to quarantine due to contact tracing. Please continue to notify us of any quarantines that are required and of any symptoms or positive Covid-19 test results that we should be aware of. We have heard of no positive cases among wrestlers so far.
Next on the tournament schedule is the Howell North Jr. Knights Tournament on Dec. 6. Please register for this tournament just as you did for the Spartan tournament, by replying to this email with your wrestler's name, your name and phone number, and tell me how you will be paying -– Venmo to @LeAnn-Cross (verification phone digits 5007), or by turning the $25 fee in IN AN ENVELOPE MARKED WITH YOUR CHILD'S NAME AND THE TOURNAMENT NAME at practice. Registrations and payments must both be received by next Tuesday evening, Dec. 1.
Practice schedule for the week: Note the change due to Thanksgiving. Practices this week will be Tuesday/Wednesday at normal times. Schedules for the remainder of 2020 are below.
More info will come later this week regarding the tournament. Have a wonderful week and Happy Thanksgiving!
Register now for the Spartan Kickoff!
How our wrestlers should register
Given the fact that we are keeping all the parents out of the building during practice (except the Minis), we are offering a different option for registering for this tournament.
To register, please reply to this email as soon as possible but no later than Thursday, Nov. 19 with the following information:
You can pay the $30 fee:
PLEASE NOTE: There are strict rules surrounding this tournament, and we realize those rules may not work for everyone. That said, we do have to enforce them. Properly worn masks are required for everyone at all times, except for wrestlers while wrestling. We have a one wrestler, one parent rule. The only children who may attend are the ones wrestling, and only during their assigned session. This means you may have to come up with child care arrangements or trade kids with your spouse or other adult during the day, and the nonattending parent may have to watch a replay of their child's first wrestling matches of the season by phone. :-(
Please review the flier thoroughly so there are no surprises. Welcome to Covid-era wrestling! Let's make the best of it!
Don’t forget the Spartan WC parent meeting tonight, 6:30 in the auditorium! One parent per family, no kids please, masks required.
You may take care of any outstanding items from 6-6:30, including turning in late registrations, birth certificates, singlet deposits, etc.
Wrestling is on! Sign up for the 20-21 Spartan Wrestling Club 10/7 or 10/20 at FHC.
This year may look a little different, but Spartan Wrestling Club is a go! We ask for your patience as we figure out how to make things work, but here is what we know so far:
It's been awhile! Life has certainly changed since we all last met. Hope everyone is doing fine. Just a reminder, Spartan-Style Wrestling Camp is being held from 5-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday this week. Due to district Covid restrictions, we are limited to one week of camp this year, and it is only open to students entering grades 9-12. If you haven't signed up your entering freshman yet, you can still do so at fhcsummercamps.com. Please be aware that no adults are allowed in the building during camp. Coaches ask that you drop your wrestlers off at the door and pick them up at 8 p.m.
We are uncertain at this time when and how youth wrestling will be able to take place in the fall, but we will keep you informed as those decisions are made. It is our hope to have everyone back on the mat as soon as it is safe to do so; however, there will undoubtedly be additional precautions taken for quite some time.
Still have a singlet at home? Last call! We are offering one last opportunity to return singlets to FHC, this coming Thursday, July 23, 6-7 p.m. Just drive around to the parking lot by the baseball field, and we will collect them there. If you can't make that day or time personally, we encourage you to send your bagged and labeled singlet with someone else. If you need directions to drop it off at our house instead, please text me at 314-640-5007 and I will send you our address. Just make sure all singlets are in before July 30, as that will be deposit check forfeiture day.
Take care, and we hope to see everyone soon!
Congratulations, State Qualifiers!
The Spartans had nine wrestlers place in the top four at Regionals Saturday and punch their ticket to the USA State tournament in Kansas City this weekend. Congratulations to:
Miller Austin, 2nd
Grayson Graham, 3rd
Chase Gray, 2nd
Colton Gray, Champion
Enzo Hernandez, 4th
Noah Keen, 3rd
Sedrick Laird, 2nd
Seamus Lawless, 2nd
Owen McCracken, 2nd
You can follow them this weekend on Trackwrestling.com. Search for the 2020 Missouri USA State Tournament. Good luck, Spartans!!
Update before the weekend
As the big weekend gets started...
For those of you whose kids are completing their seasons this weekend at AAU State (or aren't competing at either AAU State or USA Districts):
For those competing at AAU State Gold or Blue:
Both Blue and Gold divisions must weigh in at one of the times and locations listed on the flier. (See below.) BLUE wrestlers must make scratch weight or they cannot wrestle. If GOLD wrestlers do not make scratch weight, they will be bumped to the next weight class.
The exception to this is if Blue wrestlers are also wrestling at USA Districts on Saturday. If this is the case, see below. Note that you have to follow instructions to the T in order to count your USA Districts weigh-in for AAU State.
AAU State Weigh-in Schedule & Locations
Jefferson Middle School - 2660 Zumbehl Rd – St Charles MO 63301
• Friday, February 28th - 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. – Blue & Gold Division only / All Age Groups
St Charles West High School – 3601 Droste Rd – St Charles MO 63301
For those competing at USA Districts at Seckman tomorrow
WEIGH-INS: Friday, February 28th 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Seckman High School – 2800 Seckman Rd. 63052
(There is mention of remote sites but no information given.)
Saturday, February 29th 7:30-8:00 a.m.
Seckman High School – 2800 Seckman Rd. 63052
Scratch weight. Any wrestler who fails to make the weight at which they were entered will not be allowed to wrestle, absolutely no changes.
Wrestlers will be allowed to weigh-in one time only on Friday night. If a wrestler is over-weight on Friday, than they will be allowed to weigh-in one time only on Saturday morning. Scales will be opened one-half (1/2) hour prior to the weigh-in times on Friday and Saturday to allow wrestlers to check their weight; after the weigh-ins begin, there will be no checking of weight. Wrestlers must be allowed to use any of the certified scales being used for the competition weigh-ins. Wrestlers who are overweight after their one time weigh-in on Saturday morning will not be allowed to wrestle. There will be no running, or other weight loss measures, allowed inside the wrestling facility.
If you're planning to use the weight at Districts for AAU State, make sure you have followed the instructions!
First of all, remember that you will be unlikely to be able to make or receive calls or texts from within Seckman's campus, or use the Internet. This means you must plan ahead! Print out your child's bracket from TrackWrestling, and arrive early enough to figure out which gym you'll be in.
If your child places in the TOP SIX, he or she will qualify for regionals next Saturday in Jackson, MO. You must pay the $20 fee for regionals before leaving the tournament. Please find Anne Jundt (who will be wherever her son Jaxon is wrestling) and take care of this before leaving. You'll also need to decide whether you want to stay overnight in Jackson next Friday night or take advantage of the "remote" weigh-in at Seckman HS. (Had heard it would be at Howell but this did not come to fruition.)
All USA kids will continue to practice through USA State week. Schedule forthcoming.
Good luck to everyone! Wrestle like Spartans!
Spartan Update 2/25/2020
It's a big week!
Below is the schedule for this week:
Weigh-ins for the AAU State Tournaments - Please read carefully, especially if competing in both AAU and USA tournaments
Here is the weigh-in schedule for the AAU State Tournament:
Friday night weigh-in location change: Jefferson Middle School - 2660 Zumbehl Rd – St Charles MO
USA District Weigh-In: We will honor the weigh-in for any wrestler who weighed in for one of the 2019 USA District tournaments. Each wrestler wishing to use their USA district weigh-in must send an email to MissouriAAUState@gmail.com with the Name, Age Division, and Weight Class that they are registered in for this AAU State tournament and inform us that you wish to use your USA District weigh-in. The weigh-in information – including exact weight the wrestler weighed-in at - must be sent to us from the official USA District tournament host before the close of weigh-ins for the wrestler’s respective division in this AAU Statetournament. Any wrestler who fails to inform us they wish to use their USA District weigh-in or who we do not receive an official weigh-in for from the host of the USA District tournament will be required to weigh-in at this AAU State tournament or will be scratched from the tournament.
(Blue, Gold & High School Divisions)
Jefferson Middle School - 2660 Zumbehl Rd – St Charles MO 63301
• Friday, February 28th - 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. – Blue & Gold Division only / All Age GroupsSt Charles West High School – 3601 Droste Rd – St Charles MO 63301
Spartan Update 2/17/20
Schedule for this week:
Tuesday, Feb. 18
Wednesday, Feb. 19
Thursday, Feb. 20
We hope to see some of our youth wrestlers at the MSHAA State Tournament at Mizzou Arena in Columbia! Come see what your future could hold as six FHC Spartans compete to become state medalists.
Sunday, Feb. 23
USA Seeding Meeting: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25 at Seckman. Seeking a volunteer for each age division to attend. Also need a volunteer to compile seeding information on each participating wrestler to take to the meeting.
AAU Seeding Meeting (for Blue division only): 7-8:30 Wednesday, Feb. 26 at St. Charles West. Need a volunteer for each age division to attend.
Still looking for someone to plan the banquet for the Spartan Wrestling Club! Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you're willing and able.
We're in the home stretch of the season - time to rev things up!
There's just about a month left of the AAU wrestling season, and a couple of weeks more for those participating in the USA series! Exciting opportunities await!
This week's schedule:
Tuesday: Practice 6 p.m. for all levels.
Registration for Sunday's Jr. Patriot tournament due at end of practice. Don't forget to make sure your child has weighed in if competing!
Wednesday: Bonus practice with Coach Blake for anyone who wants extra mat time, 7-8:30. There is also the last home dual (and senior night) for the high school team vs Fort Zumwalt West beginning at 6 p.m.
Thursday: Practice 6 p.m.
Note that some of these have deadlines that fall during the high-school wrestling state tournament Feb. 20-22, so we have adjusted our deadlines accordingly to make sure we have all the registrations before the state tournament begins.
Fox Jag-Warrior Tournament: Sunday, Feb. 23. @ Fox HS
This one has an early deadline. Sign up by Thursday, Feb. 13.
Everyone gets a medal!
AAU State @ St. Charles West
Saturday, Feb. 29 (Gold/Rookie and all Tots)
Sunday, March 1 (Blue/Experienced)
This is the final leg of the Triple Crown series.
Weigh-ins are required, but anyone who wrestled in USA Districts on Saturday can use that weigh-in for AAU State IF you email the tournament director and let them know in advance that you plan to do so. If the weight classes aren't exactly the same, make sure the wrestler weighs in at the lower of the two weights for the District tournament, or else it will not count. See the flier for details.
Sign up with us by Tuesday, Feb. 18.
See the flier here.
The USA State Series
Feb. 29 at Seckman HS - District 8 Tournament
The top six wrestlers in each bracket qualify for the Region D tournament.
Each qualifying wrestler must pay $20 fee for Regionals before leaving the District Tournament.
Wrestler must remain at the same weight class for the duration of the series.
Do not sign up unless you are committed to attend all three events if qualifying.
Sign up with us by Tuesday, Feb. 18 or on your own through Trackwrestling.com by Feb. 22.
See the flier below.
March 7 at Jackson HS - Region D Tournament
March 13-14 at Hyvee Arena in KC - Missouri USA State Tournament
Top four finishers in each bracket advance to USA State Tournament. Each qualifying wrestler must pay the state fee (was $30 last year) before leaving the District Tournament. Wrestlers will also be given the opportunity to order Spartan State Team shirts for themselves and their families. Payment will be due on site.
Age groups (8U, 10U, 12U, 14U) are determined by age as of Dec. 31, 2019. The series is open to wrestlers who were 7 or older on Jan. 1, 2020. No 6U wrestlers allowed. (No wrestling up in age.)
If your child has not participated in a USA Wrestling tournament this season, he/she will need a USA card. Email email@example.com ASAP if you have not attended a USA tournament yet this season but plan to do the USA state series, so I can get the card in process.
Special note for parents or coaches who have USA coaching cards (aka Wrestling Leader cards): To be valid for coaching at any point during the state series, these cards must be at least Bronze level AND contain a photo of you. See the Missouri USA Wrestling site for directions on how to accomplish this, and don't wait until the last minute, as photos must be approved in advance. https://www.missouriusawrestling.org/page/show/929692-welcome-to-missouri-usa-wrestling
Qualifying for State is a great accomplishment for a wrestler, and the Spartans have a long list of former champions and placers. Let's continue the tradition and get great participation!
The final practice of the season will be Thursday, Feb. 27 for wrestlers NOT participating in the USA State series. The USA wrestlers will continue their practice schedule through the conclusion of the USA State Tournament, and all participating wrestlers are welcome to attend all practices whether they do or do not qualify for the next round.
If you placed an order with round two of the online store, we are hoping to have those orders next week some time. I'll keep you posted on delivery date. If everyone can make arrangements to pick up their orders on the same day, that will make things easier for us.
Year-End Banquet Volunteer
Each year, we hold a year-end banquet of some sort to celebrate our wrestlers' successes. If you'd like to be involved in this planning process, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Planning involves selection of date and venue, assistance with awards/decor/food, etc., and coordination of RSVPs.
About Our Club
We are a feeder youth wrestling program for Francis Howell Central High School open to youth in grades K-8 who reside in the FHC attendance area.